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open-access-imgOpen AccessTracking insect outbreaks: a case study of community-assisted moth monitoring using sex pheromone traps
Author(s)
R. Drew Carleton,
Emily Owens,
Holly Blaquière,
Stephane Bourassa,
Joseph J. Bowden,
Jean-Noël Candau,
Ian DeMerchant,
Sara L. Edwards,
Allyson Heustis,
Patrick James,
Allison M. Kanoti,
Chris J.K. MacQuarrie,
Véronique Martel,
Eric R. D. Moise,
Deepa S. Pureswaran,
Evan Shanks,
Rob C. Johns
Publication year2020
Publication title
facets
Resource typeJournals
PublisherCanadian Science Publishing
Insect outbreaks can cover vast geographic areas making it onerous to cost-effectively monitor populations to address management or ecological questions. Community science (or citizen science), which entails engaging the public to assist with data collection, provides a possible solution to this challenge for the spruce budworm ( Choristoneura fumiferana Clemens), a major defoliating pest in North America. Here, we lay out the Budworm Tracker Program, a contributory community science program developed to help monitor spruce budworm moths throughout eastern Canada. The program outsources free pheromone trap kits to volunteers who periodically check and collect moths from their traps throughout the budworm flight period, then return them in a prepaid envelope to the organizers. Over three years, the program engaged an average of 216–375 volunteers and yielded a data return rate of 68%–89%, for a total of 16 311–54 525 moths per year. Volunteer retention among years was 71%–89%. Data from this program offer compelling evidence for the range of long-distance moth dispersal. Although our program was designed for spruce budworm, this template could easily be adapted for forestry, urban forestry, and agricultural systems to monitor any of the numerous organisms for which there is an established trapping method.
Subject(s)biological dispersal , biology , botany , choristoneura fumiferana , citizen science , demography , ecology , forestry , geography , horticulture , lepidoptera genitalia , pest analysis , population , sociology , spruce budworm , tortricidae
Language(s)English
SCImago Journal Rank0.51
H-Index9
ISSN2371-1671
DOI10.1139/facets-2019-0029

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